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Introduction: The Ave Maria was composed in about 1825 by Franz Schubert when he was twenty-eight years old and filled with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was written for voice and piano. The original words of Ave Maria were in English, being part of a poem called The Lady of the Lake. The song cycle proved to be one of Schubert’s most financially successful works. Though not written for liturgical services, the music proved to be inspirational to listeners, particularly Roman Catholics, and a Latin text was substituted to make it suitable for use in church. It is today most widely known in its Latin “Ave Maria” form. Tone Color: Tone color became a more important part of music in the 20 th century than it ever was before. It often had a major role, creating variety, continuity, and mood. In modern music, noiselike and percussive sounds are often used, and instruments are played at the very top or bottom of their ranges.

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